Gunnedah Water Tower Museum


About

The Water Tower Museum is located in Anzac Park on South Street and is housed in an old water tower reservoir. The museum has a large display of memorabilia, artefacts, and archives with four floors and an observation deck. On the outside of the museum are two large murals, painted by Jenny McCracken, commemorating those who served in the Vietnam War. Inside on the second floor is a mural painting which captures the very early Aboriginal and European history of the district. The Bill Clegg Memorial Display, on the ground floor, commemorates the service of Gunnedah and District people in the military conflicts from the Boer Wars through to that in Afghanistan.

The Water Tower Museum is the permanent home of Gunnedah and District Historical Society. The society was formed in 1963 at a public meeting called by Alderman Frank O’Keefe who was then mayor of Gunnedah. Gunnedah Municipal Council supported the society by providing an initial home for the collection in the rear of the new Elgin Street Council Chambers and has continued to support the society throughout the years.

The water tower was built in 1908 and was the first reservoir constructed in Gunnedah. It remained in service until the late 1950′s when it was eventually replaced by a steel reservoir that had been erected nearby. In 1968 work began to convert the old water tower into a unique home for the Historical Society’s collection of documents and articles. The Water Tower Museum was opened in 1980.

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Society Officers:

President: Bob Leister

Secretary: Marie Hobson

Treasurer: Alan Barker

Family Historian: Shirley Coote

Web Master: Colin Rosewell

 

 

Contact

0427 422 118
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Entry Fees

Adults: $5
Concession: $4
Children (5-15): $1


Getting There
Anzac Park, South Street
Gunnedah

Opening Hours

Saturday
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Other days and times by appointment.

Monday
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Open most Monday mornings. Society meetings at the Museum on third Monday of each month


Publications

The Water Tower Museum has a range of publications available for purchase including:

In The Line Of Fire – Gunnedah and District’s role in the Great War - Ron McLean (2015)

Gunnedah’s Lost Folks – Burials at Gunnedah’s Hunter Street Cemetery - Shirley Coote (2013)

Gunnedah & District Lost Folks - District burials at villages and properties -  Shirley Coote (2008)


Searchable Publications

Some publications have been converted to electronic format and are fully searchable at the museum:

Centenary - Gunnedah Centenary (1856-1956) - John Longmuir (ed.) (1956)

A Century of Progress - A history of local government in Gunnedah and district 1885-1985 - Gunnedah Shire Council (1985)

Curlewis School Centenary - Curlewis Centenary Committee (1985)

The Way We Were – Sesquicentenary of Gunnedah 1856-2006 - Ron McLean (2006)

In The Line Of Fire – Gunnedah and District’s role in the Great War - Ron McLean (2015)

The Final Curtain – Triumph and tragedy, hope and heartbreak in the life of Gunnedah - Ron McLean (2019)


District War Memorials and Honour Rolls

Our database contains 4,458 records of names found on 23 War Memorials and Honour Rolls in Gunnedah and district.


Archives

The museum has a large collection of historical records comprising newspapers, maps, personal papers, records of local businesses and organisations.

Museum volunteers can assist with research at $10 / hour plus photocopies at 50c / A4 page and $1 / A3 page.

A large collection of photographs are being scanned with about 4,000 completed. Digital copies of photographs may be purchased at $5 each. Black and white photocopy-quality prints are available at the photocopy prices above.